The cost of living in Australia is high compared to other OECD countries. Comparing prices with other countries based purely on currency conversion can be misleading, as the high cost of living also comes with relatively high salaries.

Cost of typical items

Average weekly spending

According to the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average Australian household would have a budget as shown on the following table. While the following numbers are a national average, average weekly spending in the main cities will certainly be higher, particularly around housing.

Area Average Weekly Spending in AUD
Housing 279.12
Groceries 236.97
Transport 206.69
Recreation 171.85
General goods and services 97.08
Health 82.38
Furnishings 57.87
Communication 46.62
Household services and operation 44.90
Education 43.86
Clothing 43.75
Fuel and power 40.92
Personal care 28.64